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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT - ANNAR JACOBSEN - 604-826-4559
VICE PRESIDENT -BARRY NELSON - 604-462-8711
SECRETARY - PAM CARLSON - 604-524-2975
TREASURER - SYNNØVE JACOBSEN - 604-826-4559
DIRECTOR (TECHNICAL) - CURT JENSEN - 250-388-6724
DIRECTOR (TECHNICAL) - BRIAN McIVOR - 403-242-8325
DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY) - TOR RING - 250-579-5450
EVENT CO-ORDINATOR - ALICE CRISTOFOLI - 250-368-6236

EDITOR - AL CRISTOFOLI - 250-368-6236


Guide Juliette Travis with skier Judy Prociuk receiving appreciation certificate as liaison person for 2001 event - and SFL President Annar.

  ADVISORY COMMITTEE                       LINDA EVANS, CHAIRPERSON
#3, 1646 W. 10TH, VANCOUVER, BC
V6J 2A1        604-734-1423

ROGER WOODGATE - 1921 6TH ST. E.,CALGARY, AB T2G 2Y3
403-265-8323

CATHY STUCKENBERG - #205 - 1334 W. 73RD AVE., VANCOUVER, BC
V6P3E7                604-266-0011

RON McIVOR , 2944 INGALA DR., PRINCE GEORGE, BC V2K 3Y8
604-962-6259

STAN WINDELS - 1110 WILSON CRES., SASKATOON, SK S7J 2M6
306-343-1404

If you have questions or concerns, please contact one of the above Advisory Committee members. 

 


 


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Summer is gone - and SFL 2002 will soon be here.

Things are going well in Red Deer, Alberta, where the event will take place. We will be staying at Holiday Inn Express, with the skiing taking place at a nearby Equestrian Centre. The contact people in Red Deer are in full swing preparing for the event, and they are well qualified to make the event run smoothly. Red Deer is approximately a 1½-hour drive north of Calgary, where the nearest airport is located. We hope to see you all there in February 2002.

Here in Vancouver we are busy organizing SFL's second annual bus trip to Reno from Oct. 20-26th. We raised approximately $ 1,300.00 last year and hope to do the same this year.

Stay fit - and take care.

Annar Jacobsen, President, Mission, BC

Skier Stan Windels (Saskatoon, SK) and sister Elizabeth Klein (Joliet, IL) checking out the hand-carved figures on Norwegian Night.
Skier Stan Windels (Saskatoon, SK) and sister Elizabeth Klein (Joliet, IL) checking out the hand-carved figures on Norwegian Night.
More pics on Events page.

EDITOR'S MESSAGE

The Ski for Light Board meeting was held in August. The agenda for the six-day event will be basically the same as last year. Mark and Ruby Meunier of Red Deer are the liaison people.

This year, you will note that we have separate forms for our friends in the USA. This was decided because of the ever-changing exchange rate.

Because we will once again be holding a raffle, it was decided not to have a silent auction. Any donations towards the raffle will be gratefully accepted. We have already had promises of donations for some really great prizes. We hope to sell a lot of tickets.

Participants will be taken by bus from the hotel to Heritage Ranch and then to the ski site by a horse-drawn sleigh, about 36 people at a time. Breakfasts will be served at the hotel and lunches will be served at the ski site in a tent and a gazebo with tarps around it. Supper will be served at the Legion Hall.

Don’t forget your bathing suits. One of the amenities at the Holiday Inn Express is an indoor salt water pool. See "Update from Red Deer" for further information. See you in Red Deer!

Al Cristofoli, Editor, Trail, BC

DON'T FORGET to send me articles, poems, etc. for the newsletters. Send them by mail, fax, or e-mail. Please note e-mail address change.

Al Cristofoli, Editor Site 5, Comp. 37, S.S.1, Trail, BC V1R 2Y8

Phone: 250-368-6236 Fax: 250-368-5623 E-Mail: aac@direct.ca

Ski for Light (Canada) website http://mypage.direct.ca/a/aac

REMINDERS
In order to keep our records up to date, please advise us of any changes of name, address or phone number by e-mail, phone, or snail mail. It is difficult to track people down when their mail is returned to us. If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, application forms, etc., please advise us. If you are unable to attend but would like to continue to receive the newsletter, please send the $5.00 membership to the Treasurer or any Board member. Our e-mail address is: aac@direct.ca. Our new snail mail address is: 384 Second Ave., Trail, BC V1R 4V5 or phone: 250-368-6236.

Don’t forget the audio tapes and pouches. We need them back to use again. A big "Thanks" to everyone who has remembered. Keep up the good work. See you soon!

Alice Cristofoli, Event Co-ordinator, Trail, BC

         

BARRY'S BUS
As we are no longer receiving funding for the bus, the cost of chartering a bus from Vancouver to Red Deer appears to be prohibitive. If flying, participants are advised to check into flights directly to Calgary, Alberta, which is the closest airport to Red Deer. We will be making arrangements for pickup in Calgary. You will get further details when your application is confirmed. If busing, you can bus right to Red Deer.

         


UPDATE FROM RED DEER
Here is the latest information on Ski for Light 2002.

Transportation: When the participants arrive in Calgary, they will be taken to the Scandinavian Centre. From there, they will be driven by bus to Red Deer.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express, 2803 - 50 Ave., Red Deer. Phone 403-343-2112. The hotel provides a continental breakfast, a salt water pool, and a hot tub (to soothe aching muscles at the end of the day’s skiing.)

Meals: Breakfast - Holiday Inn Express; Lunch - Trail lunch delivered to one of the shelters in the ski area. Supper and evening activities are at the Royal Canadian Legion which is in the same block as the Holiday Inn, approximately 300 meters.

Participants will have access to the bar and can take part in any Legion activity, such as dances, after the evening program.

Skiing: The venue is Heritage Ranch (Great Chief Park if there is a lack of snow.) Heritage Ranch is about 3 km. from the hotel. Current plans are for buses to run at 10 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Skiers and guides will be transported from the ranch buildings to and from the "trail head" by horse-drawn sleigh. You can also ski down and back. One of the shelters on the trail will be used for trail lunches, resting, and socializing. A continuous campfire will be in place.

Evening Schedule:
Monday, Feb. 11 - Arrival, check in at hotel, light supper at Legion, go to meeting room for info & guide assignment;
Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Norway Night sponsored by local Sons of Norway lodge;
Wednesday, Feb. 13 - Quiz Night with Roger Woodgate from Calgary;
Thursday, Feb. 14 - Talent Night - be sure to practice your act and be ready to perform
Friday, Feb. 15 - Annual General Meeting;
Saturday, Feb. 16 - Race in the morning. Banquet and Awards Night in evening;
Sunday, Feb. 17 - Farewells and depart for home.

Leisure Activities: Bower Shopping Mall within walking distance; Legion bar & legion activities; Heritage Ranch Visitors Bureau with available souvenirs. It is also the site of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Red Deer is a city of 64,000 with all the amenities and recreation facilities.

Brian McIvor, Director, Calgary, AB

 

THANK YOU
We wish to extend our ongoing thanks to Harald Hall, our webmaster, for doing such a terrific job of maintaining the website.

RENO-VANCOUVER BUS TRIP
To help raise funds for the Canadian Ski for Light program, there will be another six-day bus trip from Vancouver to Reno on Oct. 20, 2001. The cost will be about $300.00 Canadian per person (based on double occupancy). For more information, contact President Annar or any of the Board members in the Vancouver area.

QUOTES FROM YEAR 2001 PARTICIPANTS
"I haven't been to Ski for Light for three years, and coming to Saskatoon was like coming home to a great big family once again. I really appreciated how I felt welcomed, and well matched with my guide, and how hospitable every one of you was. I loved the Norwegian Night, Talent Night, and, of course, the Banquet and Dance on Saturday. I really enjoyed getting back on skis again."

Dave Parnell, Edmonton, AB

"SFL Saskatoon was great and I appreciate all the time and effort you must have taken to make the week such a rewarding experience for everyone. Thank you."

Charlie Wirth, Toms River, NJ

NOTABLE NOTES
During White Cane Week, Board member Brian McIvor of Calgary received a certificate of merit jointly from the Canadian Council of the Blind and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. The award is in recognition of over 26 years of volunteer work with these groups. In addition to Ski for Light, Brian has also spent many volunteer hours with the 92nd Scout group (for the mentally challenged.) He was also nominated for a "Spirit of Calgary" award. Congratulations, Brian!

Ski for Light member Lori Hamner of Butte, Montana, is elated that she was selected to be an Olympic Torch bearer when the torch travels through Montana around January 27 or 28. The torch will be on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and is scheduled to arrive there on February 8. Lori says, "I really want to emphasize to everyone who reads the newsletter how much I appreciate their support and how lucky I feel that I have such good friends to my north. Ski For Light Canada has been such a high for so many people."

Lori, a visually impaired mother of three and grandmother of four, was diagnosed with retinitis pigmantosa when she was five years old. She says that in order to get what she wanted out of life, she had to work a little harder than most people and she has numerous achievements to her credit. She says, "What makes me most proud however, is being able to show just what the visually impaired can accomplish." It seems to me that statement could apply to all of our visually impaired friends in Ski for Light.